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Bodley Bulletins

By Julia Ludington

Happy May!

Many exciting events are going on at G. Ray Bodley and in the surrounding community this month.

The 35-week marking period ends Friday, and progress reports will be mailed the following week.

Once again, the Annual Spring Clean-Up will take place May 17 at 9 a.m. Please bring gardening gloves and any tools that you feel might be of use to the volunteers. Make sure to wear clothes that you are willing to get dirt on!

On May 20 and 21, the NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association) Major Organization Festival will take place. Our music groups have prepared pieces to perform in front of a panel of judges.

The festival is a great way to get a professional’s opinion of your hard work and to receive useful feedback. Good luck to our performers!

The Fulton Memorial Day Parade will take place May 24. GRB students will be playing in the band and many will also be seen volunteering at the booths at the War Memorial.

Stop by after the parade for some great food and entertainment. Don’t forget school is closed May 26, Memorial Day.

Any seniors with scholarship forms they would like to complete and turn in should do so as soon as possible. Check the Guidance Office for forms with June return dates.

Many students are in the midst of their AP exams this week. If you are one of the students taking a test, make sure to relax the night before, get a good night’s sleep, and eat a good breakfast.

Get to the testing center well ahead of the test start time to reduce stress. Finally, go into the test with confidence: as FDR said “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

I wish everyone the best of luck!

Bateman completes basic training


Air Force Airman Daniel R. Bateman graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Bateman is the son of Kris and Margaret Bateman of Fulton. He is a 2013 graduate of G. Ray Bodley High.

Dillon Middle lists Gold Star and Silver Star recipients

Emerson J. Dillon Middle School recently named those who earned Gold and Silver Stars for the third marking period.

Students are awarded a Gold Star for achieving a quarterly average of 90 or higher, with no incomplete or failing grades. A Silver Star is earned for a quarterly average of 85 to 89.99, also with no incomplete or failing grades.

In addition to receiving an award certificate provided by the E.J. Dillon PTO, honor students are also offered a reward activity. The reward for third quarter honor students will be a trip to a Syracuse Chiefs baseball game next month.

Grade 5 Gold Stars:

Isabella Allen, Shay Altman, Shayna Applebee, Christopher AuClair, Amaya Baker, Nicholas Bartlett, Ashleigh Besaw, Natalie Brown, Sara Brunell, Kelsie Burgess, Chloe Calkins, Kaelyn Cartwright, Cameron Cerul, Hannah Charleston, Emma Clark, Tabitha Clarkand Sophia Crandall.

Also: Abigail Czyz, Faith DeAnthony, Brielle DeRoberts, Hailey Fredericks, Francesca Goodell, Noah Gordon, Cierra Harvey, Mattison Hess, Alivia Lamphere, Miranda LaRobardiere, Jock Li, Owen Lytle, Zack Mills, Joslyn Mintonye, Garret Morrissiey, Kylie Mulcahey, Alex Olschewske, Imari Piscitelli, Andrew Quinn, Connor Roberts and Lily Roberts.

Also: William Semanchuk-Enser, Aiden Southworth, Isabella Stacy, Liam Sweeney, Benjamin Thibault, Corinne Thibault, Zoie Tracy, Melody Trask, Aidan Trumble, Thomas Uhl, Mason Watkins

Grade 5 Silver Stars:

Chase Altman, Gracie Altman, Haley Bowersox, Alexander Coons, Kolby Costello, Haley Crossett, Dylan DeBarth, Haylie Dodge, Alivia Eusepi, Emma Fatcheric, Ethan Fox, Madison Gaca, Alexis Gambocorto, Axel Gates, Bryce Grover, Katherine Holbrook, Amanda Justian, Lillyann Kingsbury and Nathan Kosakowski.

Also: Aliyah Ladd, Elizabeth Lamach, Patricia Lamach, Jacob LaRocque, Tori-Lenn Loosen, Robert Minard, Rocco Mistico, Victoria O’Connor, Morgan Petrie, Nakea Rebensky, Tyler Redhead, Keaton Renfrew, Roemello Rondinello, Brett Sears, Katrina Smith, Garrett Strang, Caitlyn Sutkus, Sophia Trinca, Molly Werth, Courtney Worden

Grade 6 Gold Stars:

Violet Ameele, Grace Arnold, Cade Bacon, Rachel Blake, Garrett Bowman, Michael Dion, Matthew Doane, Elisabeth Dona, Darren Fischel, Alexandra Galle, Caitlin George, Hailey Goudy, Allison Grabowski, Samuel Guthrie, Cassadee Handville, Samantha Harrison, Keera Hazen, Laila Jones and Madison Kalt.

Also: Katelyn Kenner-Carbonaro, Jena Klimaszewski, Zaya Koegel, Brigid Lawless, Tina Li, Bradyn Lough, Anthony McCann, Joseph Murphy, Savanah Neupert, Gregory Ojiem, Skyler Patnode, Ethan Remington, Jillian Ricard, Alan Seever, McKenna Squier, Jacob St. Laurent, Daniel St. Phillips, Tamika Stobart, Sarah Thorn, Teresa Uhl, Nicholas Vaverchak, Grace Vestigo

Grade 6 Silver Stars:

Emma Allers, Riley Belknap, Olivia Bigelow, Mason Bresett, Jadan Bruno, Brianna Buonagurio, Alexis Capenos, Danielle Case, Jeffrey Cooper, Riley Crandall, Patrick Davern, Mackenzie Davis, Camron Fordyce,  Julia Francisco, Leah Green, Adam Hahn, Nicholas Harrington and Andrew Hemingway.

Also: Carly Ingerson, Paige Isabell, Natalie King, Morgan Kosakowski, Lauren Kraft, Julianna Lewis, Hailey Liscomb, Chloe Lytle, Matthew Maestri, Christian McKay, Alexandria Mills, Caitlyn Mitchell, Taylor Petrie, Love Phillips, Aubrianna Renfrew, Vanessa Rivera, Lilly Salotto, Leah Schlachter, Briana Schreffler, Ayden Slack, Chase Trumble, Nicole Tulowiecki, Matthew Walker, Madison Watkins, Seth Watkins

Grade 7 Gold Stars:

Annabelle Adams, Gabriella Allen, Kearra Backus, Marcus Berube, Erika Brown, Gianna DeRoberts, Brianna Gates, Hannah Gilbert, Xander Harrison, Declan Hawthorne, Kimber Hendrix, Megan Hess, Emilie Hilliard, Morgan Johnson, Ashley Kenner-Carbonaro and Wendy Li.

Also: Ashley Margrey, John Matzke V, Alayna Merrill, Makayla Newvine, Olivia Ripley, Kristine Rowe, Mariah Sheirer, Crystal Stobart, Olivia Thrall, Joshua VanGorder, Garrett Watkins, Edward Zellar, Natasha Zody

Grade 7 Silver Stars:

Maggie-Lee Basile, Madison Bird, Daniel Braun, Cole Britton, Christopher Caltabiano, Abigail Clark, Hannah Edwards, Allison Ernestine, Matthew Francis, Robert Fredericks, Kirsten Greenleaf, Bryon Halstead, Caroline Harrington, Courtney Holland, Ethan Hunt, Christian Johnson, Jeffrey Lamach and Trevor LaRobardiere.

Also: Danielle LeFebvre, Taylor Mattice, Erin McArdell, Emmalie McIntyre, Riley Munger, Michaela Murdie, Leo Murray Jr., Makenzie Nodine, Jacob Palmatier, Dakota Palocy, Caytlyn Prickett, Gabriel Rebensky, Hannah Root, Hannah Sallis, Payton Scruton, Mairin Sgroi, Joshua Smith, Colton Winks, Mark Zogg

Grade 8 Gold Stars:

Gabrielle Crandall, Alyssa Goudy, Morgan Gravlin, Natalie Hart, Zoe Heckert, Alexandra Hoag, Megan Maestri, Emily McDonald, Breanna Mitchell, Catherine Musumeci, Lauren Schmidt, Sean Sievers, Alexis Smith, Brianna Squier, Haley Stellingwerf, Alisa Trudell, Ben Vienneau, Kaitlin White, Leila Wooding, Julianne Yates

Grade 8 Silver Stars:

Dixon Ameele, Andrew Avery, Hunter Bell, Mikalah Bell, Scott Bell, John Blackwell Jr., David Burgess Jr., Lorenzo Campanino, Jordan Cole, Julie Daubek, Victoria Dievendorf, Jonathan Downing, Devin Dubovik and Emily Forget.

Also: Becka Fuller, Dakotalee Gelling, Brandon Germain, Hannah Grabowski, Trinity Green, Bradlee Hess, Brittney Hunter, Corinne Januszka, Nina Lewis, Gabriella Liberty, Jacob Marr, Ethan Murakami-Hamm, Jacob Murphy, Bailey Otter, Lawrence Pilon, Dana Stoutenger, Zachary Tulowiecki, Jordan Williams, Cheyenne Wilson, Kolbey Young, Paul Zogg.

Stone Soup lunch raises money, food for area food pantries

United Way of Greater Oswego County’s Stone Soup Too luncheon, buoyed by a $500 donation from the Fulton Lions Club, raised $951 and collected several bins of food to fill the shelves of local food pantries and help them to meet the increasing demand for food subsidy in Oswego County.  Seated from left are: Dawn Bristol, of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) at Cayuga Community College Fulton Campus and Tim Archer of Catholic Charities of Oswego County. Standing from left are: PTK student Doug LaBreck; PTK Adviser Vita Marie Racko; PTK students Yin Yin Sim Fellows and Chrissy King; and Community volunteers Jan and Tony Rebeor.
United Way of Greater Oswego County’s Stone Soup Too luncheon, buoyed by a $500 donation from the Fulton Lions Club, raised $951 and collected several bins of food to fill the shelves of local food pantries and help them to meet the increasing demand for food subsidy in Oswego County. Seated from left are: Dawn Bristol, of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) at Cayuga Community College Fulton Campus and Tim Archer of Catholic Charities of Oswego County. Standing from left are: PTK student Doug LaBreck; PTK Adviser Vita Marie Racko; PTK students Yin Yin Sim Fellows and Chrissy King; and Community volunteers Jan and Tony Rebeor.

1990 SUNY Oswego grad to emcee Torchlight


Submitted by SUNY Oswego

Constance Schwartz, a 1990 graduate of SUNY Oswego with a successful career in marketing and talent management, will serve as mistress of ceremonies for Commencement Eve activities at the college Friday, May 16, including the dinner and traditional Torchlight Ceremony.

Since the 1930s, Oswego alumni have ceremoniously passed the torch of learning to graduating seniors with the charge to “dedicate its bright burning to our memories of the light transferred from our school, through us, to others.”

The Oswego Alumni Association will sponsor this year’s Torchlight Ceremony at 9 p.m. Friday, May 16, under a tent on the north lawn of the Campus Center.

Schwartz is now partner and co-founder of SMAC Entertainment. After earning her bachelor’s degree in marketing at Oswego, she launched her career at the National Football League, where she served as director of programming.

 During her 10 years with the NFL, she also directed the creative and production efforts of NFL Films, securing musical talent for televised events and creating relationships with the music, film and entertainment community.

She went on to Arista Records as vice president of strategic marketing, creating opportunities to market and develop the label’s artists through strategic partnerships with the corporate sector, sports, television and film.

 In 2001, she joined The Firm and led the day-to-day managerial team that oversaw Snoop Dogg’s career. She orchestrated high-profile endorsement deals for such celebrities as Kelly Clarkson and Enrique Iglesias.

Since 2011, Schwartz has worked with long-time friend and colleague Mark Sudack and Michael Strahan — well known as a Super Bowl champion, “Live with Kelly and Michael” host and “NFL on Fox” analyst — running SMAC Entertainment. Together, they are building a multi-dimensional talent management and entertainment company and oversee the careers of Deion Sanders, Tony Gonzalez and Strahan.

On Commencement Eve at SUNY Oswego, the Senior Sing, featuring musical selections from senior members of State Singers and the Oswego State Jazz Ensemble, will begin at 8:30 p.m. The candlelit Torchlight Ceremony will begin at 9 p.m. and Schwartz will read the names of faculty, staff and alumni seated in the inner circle.

 Any SUNY Oswego alumni, faculty, staff and emeriti faculty members who are interested in participating in the Torchlight Ceremony are asked to RSVP to Shaunna Arnold-Plank at in the college’s Office of Alumni and Parent Relations by Friday, May 9.

Raynor Ford hopes to expand at new site

By Debra J. Groom

It shouldn’t be long before Fred Raynor Ford in Granby gets the go-ahead to build a new dealership.

Granby Supervisor Ed Williamson said the Raynor project has only one or two meetings left before the town planning board before it can move forward. He expects the project will be approved.

Raynor proposes building a new 21,000 square foot building on a 5-acre parcel on Route 3, not far from where the current Raynor business is located.

The site is at the corner of Route 3 and Airport Road, a bit closer to the Granby-Fulton line than the present dealership. Williamson said the new building would be about double the size of the present Raynor dealership.

Raynor has said in his proposal that he would employ from six to eight more people at the new site.

Williamson said Ford Motor Co. is upgrading many of its sales facilities across the country and Raynor is included in this endeavor. He believes the move not only will help Raynor, but should be a lift for Granby as well.

“I’m working with the state Department of State, division of local government, to apply for a shared services grant,” Williamson said.

What he wants to do is get money to run the sewer line from where it ends at Airport Road down to WalMart to the treatment station at the corner of Hannibal Street and Route 3.

Then the city of Fulton can use part of the money to upgrade the pump station  on Hannibal Street to help take care of the additional sewage moving through the extended sewer line.

Williamson said extending the sewer line down that stretch of Route 3 and upgrading the pump station would allow more businesses to open along that part of Route 3 because they would have sewer access. Now any business along that portion of Route 3 would have to have septic systems.

“We want to do this now so future expansion can hook in so we don’t have to do this again,” Williamson said.

Fred Raynor could not be reached for comment.

Ryan Churchill, the engineer on the project by GYMO Architects, Engineers and Land Surveying in Watertown, said Williamson said Raynor already owns the property for the new site and no zoning changes are needed.

Williamson said Raynor most likely will sell or lease his old dealership building to another business.

He also said the hope is to have the Raynor project approved so construction can begin this year.

Nine Mile 2 back on line after refueling

Operators returned Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station Unit 2 to full power today after successfully completing the station’s spring refueling outage that began in late March.

During the planned outage, roughly 2,200 employees and highly-skilled supplemental workers performed thousands of inspections, maintenance activities, tests and technology upgrades while replacing one-third of the reactor’s fuel. Many of the activities performed during the outage cannot be accomplished while the plant is generating electricity and all are designed to ensure continued safe and reliable operations.

“We work hard all year to plan and execute safe and effective refueling outages and this year was no exception,” said Chris Costanzo, site vice president. “I’m proud of our team for executing another safe outage and I’m thankful to the many local residents who supported us during this busy time.”

Unit 1 continued to operate during the Unit 2 outage. Nine Mile Point Nuclear Station is located in Scriba.

Oswego was at forefront of war 200 years ago this Monday

The battle – Notice gun and cannon fire going up the hill to Fort Ontario.
The battle – Notice gun and cannon fire going up the hill to Fort Ontario.

By Debra J. Groom

The Americans looked doomed from the start.

About 1,300 British troops stormed into Oswego May 5, 1814 – 200 years ago this Monday. They were met by a mere 300 Americans.

The British had 222 cannons and other weapons. The Americans had a lowly five cannon and their muskets.

The Battle of Oswego, May 5-6, one of the later battles in the War of 1812, did not go well for the young Americans again fighting the British just 38 years after the start of the Revolutionary War.

But they fought hard, fought valiantly. They did all they could to keep the British out of Oswego. Men died right at the flagpole inside Fort Ontario trying to keep the British away from the American flag.

Paul Lear, manager of the Fort Ontario State Historic Site and an expert on the battle, said while the Americans lost the battle, they did keep the British from attaining their goal.

“The British wanted two things,” Lear said. “They wanted to disrupt the flow of military parts and equipment to Sackets Harbor where the USS Superior and Mohawk were under construction. If they seized cannons, ropes, riggings and ammunition coming through the pipeline they could slow the ship construction and maintain their advantage on Lake Ontario.”

“They also needed food,” Lear said. “They were desperate for food.”

Earlier in the spring, some of the British military hierarchy thought perhaps the best target for an attack would be Sackets Harbor, the large U.S. military bastion on Lake Ontario (it was the U.S. Naval headquarters during the War of 1812) where much of the American shipbuilding was taking place.


But, after thinking about two earlier attacks of Sackets there that did not go well for the British, Commodore James Yeo and Maj. Gen. Gordon Drummond decided to bypass Sackets for Oswego – “an objective of lesser proportions,” said Lear, quoting Yeo and Drummond’s superior, Gen. George Prevost.

So the plan was to attack Oswego.

Lear said Oswego was important during the War of 1812 because shipments of food stuffs, military equipment and ship parts came through Oswego before heading to Sackets Harbor.

Shipments would come from New York City up the Hudson to Albany, over land to Schenectady, onto boats at the Mohawk River to Rome and then Wood Creek. The shipment then would move across Oneida Lake and down the river to Oswego Falls (now Fulton).

Then the material would be moved around the falls and rapids and then back onto the river to Oswego, where it would move onto Lake Ontario for the short trip north to Sackets.

Lear said the British knew attacking Oswego would allow them to cut off these shipments without being hit by a huge military presence like that at Sackets Harbor.

The village of Oswego at the time was the home to about 200 people, most involved in the forwarding or shipping trade, Lear said. “The best salt at the time came from Salina (outside Syracuse),” Lear said, noting Oswego was a prime spot for receiving salt before it was shipped elsewhere.

The village was split in two by the Oswego River – just like today’s city. But there was no Utica Street or Bridge Street bridges – to get from one side of the village to the other, people had to take a ferry.

There were only a couple hundred military men at Oswego at the time and the British knew this. Fort Ontario also was a mess, having fallen into near complete disrepair after being discarded in 1796.

A photo of an engraving showing the British ships in Oswego Harbor May 5, 1814. The smaller boats are carrying British to shore for the attack.
A photo of an engraving showing the British ships in Oswego Harbor May 5, 1814. The smaller boats are carrying British to shore for the attack.

Lear said U.S. Lt. Col. George Mitchell of the 3rd U.S. Artillery, who was in the Niagara Territory, was told to march with 300 men to Oswego to protect supplies and naval shipment being brought through the village. From April 23 through April 30, Mitchell and his men march from Batavia to Oswego.

Upon arrival, Mitchell finds the dilapidated Fort Ontario and five cannons. “He had almost nothing to work with,” Lear said.

On May 5, guards at Fort Ontario see a fleet of ships out in Oswego Harbor.

“The alarm guns go off. Mitchell sounds an alert for the militia to turn out,” Lear said. About 200 or so from surrounding areas such as Hannibal, Sterling and Scriba show up.

The British are getting ready to come ashore when they are hit with something all Oswegonians then and now are used to – a storm.

Lear said the storm actually was a blessing for Mitchell and the Americans. While the British waited in their ships for better weather, the Americans had time to hide much of the equipment, ship parts and food they knew the British wanted in the woods around the village.

Mitchell also set up a large grouping of tents on the west side of the village to give the illusion of more American troops being on hand than there really were.

But Mitchell knew that once the storm passed, the attack would begin in earnest. He was right. Yeo and Drummond loaded men onto smaller boats heading to the shore near where the Fort Ontario post cemetery is today.

Since the water is shallow, the boats had to stop off shore and the British soldiers and sailors had to jump in the water to head to shore. Lear said they tried to keep their weapons dry, but every once in a while they would step into a deeper pocket while walking to shore and go in over their heads.

“The lakeshore became a mass of sodden, red-coated Royal Marines and De Wattevilles (Swiss soldiers) and green-jacketed Glengarries (Canadian Scots) struggling ashore, streaming with water, shaking themselves, and checking their cartridge boxes to determine how much of their ammunition was ruined,” writes Robert Malcomson in his book “Lords of the Lake.”

“Mitchell brought 80 soldiers and 20 sailors down to engage the British line where he got off six or seven crisp volleys,” Lear said. “The other 100 men left the ditch and marched out to join Mitchell’s line when he was about halfway back up the slope, so he wouldn’t get flanked on the right or south side.”

Then the British begin firing back – at least those with guns that still worked.

As the British moved up the hill and closer to the fort, some Americans retreated to the woods.

Others keep fighting. British are coming from different directions and eventually Mitchell realizes the Americans are being overrun. He orders a retreat.

Lear said while the Americans were told to “defend the supplies and water route and not the fort and village,” the soldiers didn’t want the fort and flag to fall. A few Americans “nailed the flag to the pole and stayed by their guns,” Lear said.

“Royal Marine Lt. John Hewett and a burly sergeant were in the van of the raisers as they fought their way toward the lofty flag pole in the center of the fort,” Malcomson writes in “Lords of the Lake.” “Hewett leapt up to the foot rests and scaled the pole, drawing the fire of insulted Americans who succeeded in hitting him several times.”

“Unfazed, Hewett tore the massive Stars and Stripes flag from the nails that held it aloft and it fluttered to the ground to the cheers and huzzahs of his comrades,” Malcomson writes in his book.

Lear said one American, who already had been shot and was on the ground inside the fort, tried to stop Hewett only to be run through with a bayonet.

In all, the Battle of Oswego lasted a mere 16 minutes, Lear said. The Americans retreated, many to Oswego Falls, which is now Fulton. They took many wounded with them.

Lear said the most perplexing thing about the battle is trying to come up with an exact number of casualties. It seems everyone has different numbers. Lear said his research has found the Americans suffered 18 dead by May 30, many dying weeks after the battle from “horrible wounds.”

The British had 90 killed or wounded. They also captured some ship goods, equipment and food, but not the amount they thought they would find.

According to Malcomson’s book, Mitchell and Master Commandant Melancthon Taylor Woolsey thought the British would continue their surge down the Oswego River to Oswego Falls (Fulton) and then to Three Rivers where more goods were stored.

But the British got back on their ships after the Battle of Oswego and headed back to Kingston.

While the British had the upper hand in Oswego, they would meet their match at the end of May in Sandy Creek.

Woolsey’s troops, with help from militia and Oneida Indians, would ambush them there on May 30 in the Battle of Big Sandy Creek, keeping them from capturing any more goods on the way to Sacket’s Harbor.

For more information

To hear a brief talk about the Battle of Oswego, go to

To hear a brief talk about the Battle of Big Sandy Creek, go to